Taiwan News: Unlocking the Past: Digital Archives Illuminate Taiwan’s History. “When we flip through photo albums from our childhood days, the pictures call up memories both bitter and sweet. Those experiences shaped the people we have become. If we extend this notion back by 30, 50, or 100 years to images of the places where we and our families have lived, will we not find clues to the living conditions and historical events that our parents and grandparents experienced, and discover the elements that have molded the era in which we live today?”
San Francisco Standard: Diaries of Taiwan’s First President To Be Returned After Legal Battle With Stanford. “For nearly 18 years, 51 boxes of documents from former Taiwanese Presidents Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo have been stashed at Stanford University. The documents include diary entries revealing personal and diplomatic insights into some of the most notable global political events of the last century. But the question of who owns the historically valuable musings has been at the center of a decadelong legal battle involving the Taiwanese government, Chiang family members and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.”
Tapei Times: Control Yuan to investigate mass data loss at PTS . “Two Control Yuan members are to investigate the deletion of about 424,000 news clips at Public Television Service (PTS), in an incident that exposed cybersecurity issues at government agencies. PTS on Tuesday said that a contractor on Feb. 8 mistakenly deleted news clips produced between 2017 and January from its digital archive. Although more than 320,000 clips were recovered by Friday last week, nearly 80,000 were lost, the network said.”
Focus Taiwan: Former president Chiang Ching-kuo database goes online. “The Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) database went online Wednesday, comprising 55,000 written or multimedia records related to the late Republic of China (ROC) president that provide the public with a more comprehensive understanding of the country’s development and history, according to Academia Historica.”
North Carolina State University: The Future of History: How New Tools Tap Into Diverse Perspectives on the Past. “Bodies and Structures 2.0, which I [David Ambaras] co-direct with Kate McDonald, is a way to do multivocal spatial histories of modern East Asia and the worlds of which it has been a part. It consists of 17 individually authored modules, which examine a diverse range of topics, such as histories of disease and vaccination; narcotics trafficking; colonialism; migration; and urban life. These modules feature cutting-edge research on Japan (including Okinawa), Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Mongolia. On top of this, the site uses tags, annotations, links, and visualizations to connect and cut across the modules, giving contributors and users the opportunity to think comparatively about space, place and power.”
Taipei Times: New Web site sheds light on cultural history. “The Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank… curates people’s recollections and historic documentation in words, images, artifacts, audiovisual assets and other media to reconstruct Taiwan’s historical eras, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the memories are collected and introduced to the world on the Web site.” The site is in Chinese but translates okay for the most part, except for a couple of places where Chinese writing is part of a graphic and not translated.
This in “Around” instead of “New Resources” because I can’t find an URL for this new database. Focus Taiwan: TJC unveils online database of persecutions in martial law period. “Taiwan’s Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) on Wednesday launched a searchable online database of curated court files of nearly 10,000 victims of political persecution during the country’s martial law period. The database also contains the names of the military officers involved in the court trials of the victims.”
BusinessWire: MOC Elevates Tea Industry through Cultural Approaches (PRESS RELEASE). “To preserve Taiwan’s tea culture systematically, the Ministry of Culture launched the Improving Tea Industry through Cultural Approaches project, utilizing digital preservation and value-added application methods to plan a tea cultural route for the public. In 2019, the project has registered a total of 2,036 data relating to tea industry, spanning tea manufacturing equipment, tea plant varieties, cultivation, and tea diseases. It has also collected information and documents on tea activities, tea factories, and tea shops, as well as authors and researchers engaging in tea culture and studies.” I did not see an English version of the content available at the link provided.
BusinessWire: Collective Memories of Golden Years: Highlights from the 1950s to 1960s Taiwan (PRESS RELEASE). “In response to the Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank project, the Central News Agency established a digital archive to presents the history of Taiwan since 1949, the year when the Republic of China government retreated to Taiwan, to 1960. Titled ‘Golden Years of Taiwan: 1949-1960,’ the digital archive offers glimpses of the development of Taiwan’s diverse cultures, major industries, and public infrastructure, as well as key events over the decade.” I did not see an English option, and Google did not prompt me to translate. I put it in Google’s Web page translator about five minutes ago and it’s still spinning. Your mileage may vary.
Taipei Times: Lawmaker urges university to hand over KMT files . “Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) yesterday urged National Taiwan University to hand over historical files associated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to the Transitional Justice Commission so that they could be made public.”
Taiwan News: American shuts down repository of historic photos of Taiwan, selling it for NT$60,000. “An American expat, who managed a massive online collection of vintage photographs of Taiwan since 1995, has shut down the website and is wanting to sell 10,400 historic public domain photos of Taiwan for NT$60,000 (US$1,967) as he prepares to leave the country.” The heck?
Taipei Times: Culturally important locations to be put on online database. “Culturally significant locations around the nation are to feature on an online map on the government’s ‘Taiwan Geospatial One Stop Portal’ in a joint effort by the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica and the Ministry of the Interior.”